Rock band from Provincetown, Rhode Island, formed mid 1980's by the nucleus of Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly who are half sisters. First album was released by 4AD records in the United Kingdom and
redefined absurdist rock music. Music is characterised by constantly changing tempos, strange lyrics and heavy emotion. They had 6-8 albums but never got past cult status, broke up for financial reasons in 1997. Pixies were influenced by them, and were much more popular.